File:Trans Royal Society of Edinburgh cover.jpg|thumb|The cover of a 1788 volume of the journal ''Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh''. This is the issue where James Hutton published his ''Theory of the Earth''.
The '''Royal Society of Edinburgh''' is Scotland's national academy
of science and letters. It is a registered charity, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. Established in 1783, it has since then drawn upon the strengths and expertise of its Fellows, of which there are currently more than 1500.
The Society covers a broader selection of fields than the Royal Society
of London including literature
. Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, the Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines – science & technology, arts, humanities, medicine, social science, business and public service. This breadth of expertise...